Depending on when I finally get on the road, as well as when you read this, I may have already completed my first leg, a 39-50 km (21-30 mile) ride from Mainz to Rüdesheim. My final mileage will be dictated by how many of the recommended offshoots I do.
As of the time of this writing I have still yet to see my bicycle. This kinda sucks because I was hoping to get the seat and pedals squared away, and see what size pannier the bike has to know how much extra stuff, such as a change of clothes, that I can transport.
The Trains Don’t Always Run On Time
Yesterday I managed to get back to Köln’s main train station and use my American Visa card to buy a train ticket from Köln to Mainz. With about ninety minutes to kill I found a luggage storage machine and went for another walkabout. Not feeling spry my walk took me back to sit and people watch the Rhein.
Once my departure time neared I entered the train station only to find out that my train was delayed by another 20 minutes. Harrumph. Fortunately when the train finally arrived it was not crowded. Also fortune for me was that the nap I took on the train ride didn’t cause me to miss my stop in Mainz.
ITP Flickr Pic
Still can’t figure this out, nor finding time to try hard.
Perhaps One Regret…
With my cycling package I somehow managed to opt into pre-bought dinner deals; six nights for $120. Doh! Last night’s dinner was a meal at a nearby Italian restaurant. I certainly didn’t eat a meal worthy of $20, especially considering that my beer wasn’t included.
I am hoping that the upcoming dinners will be a little more Germanic, and tasty.
The End Of My Nikon V1?
A good craftsman never blames his tools.
I am not a good craftsman.
I am also a bit of a buffoon. Once upon a time my Nikon V1 refused to use what should have been a perfectly good, genuine Nikon battery. Why I didn’t recycle it immediately is beyond me. Guess what I have in my bag, yep, the useless battery. I did bring one valid battery with me, so the camera isn’t a paperweight, but this is far from the ideal situation that I expected to have. If it turns out that this is a second battery that the camera balks at using then I think it will finally be time to give up on it.
I am too tired tonight to attempt to transfer photos to my iPad so I can upload them to Flickr.